“Going Home” initial reactions – ONCE128



The race is on to stop Pan’s curse but just like what The Dark One always says, all magic comes with a price. And for Peter Pan, Rumpelstiltskin, Regina, Emma, Henry, Tinkerbell, and the rest of the residents of Storybrooke, the price is something that will change their life forever. The question is, will it be for the better or worse?

What an amazing Winter Finale! That was bigger than last year’s season finale; it could even be a great series, a sad series finale, but WOW!

In the Winter Finale episode, the race is on to stop Pan from enacting another curse on the residents of Storybrooke, which could kill every living soul in town.

These are just our first thoughts about this Once Upon a Time episode. We’ll share more about “Going Home” in our upcoming full discussion live on Wednesday December 18, 2013, at 8:00 p.m. (EST/GMT-5).

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Initial Reactions

Regina was able to stop Pan’s curse and was able to bring everyone back in the Enchanted Forest. However, did they retain their memory or not? Also, why can’t Neal cross the town line? Is it because he was born from the Enchanted Forest?

So Emma and Henry now have an alternate past, with no memory of Storybrooke and everything that happens in the past year.

A year later, Hook came knocking on Emma’s door to tell her that something bad happens in her family. What could it be? However, that last scene didn’t really make it a great cliffhanger; it wasn’t a great dramatic ending than it should have been.

It was great that they gave us pieces of flashbacks, important ones, including the book. Speaking of the book, was the book destroyed along with the town? Or will Emma find it one way or another?

What about Rumpelstiltskin? Is he really dead?

Does that mean that Storybrooke will be gone for good? Are we still going to see more of Storybrooke? Or will it be going to be more about Boston or New York City (wherever Emma, Henry, and Hook is now) and the Enchanted Forest? What is the ‘bad thing’ that Hook was referring to?

Again, is Rumpelstiltskin really gone? Whether he is or not, this made it the second character to die in a season.

If the Blue Fairy can come back with her shadow, does that mean that Greg and the other people that the Shadow ripped shadows from came back? Or was it just because the Blue Fairy is a magical being that’s why she can be revived?

It seems like Tinkerbell has earned her wings back. However, it’s still not clear as to why the Shadow ripped the Blue Fairy’s shadow last week. And who owned the black fairy wand? Was it Maleficent’s or another fairy that the Blue Fairy made dealings with once? Is she the one who created the black fairy wand?

It was nice to see how Henry got the book, which happened in October 2011, making it before Henry went to find Emma in Boston.

Emma and Henry seem to be having a good life now wherever they are. How and who will make them believe now?

Once Upon a Time won’t be on until March 9th. This is a great first half of the season. It was so well-planned, written, acted. Despite a few let downs, this season has been, by far, the best season yet. Let’s just hope they will have the same (or better) level of planning moving forward.

How did Hook get to Emma? How did he find her, anyway?

With the exception of Neal, everyone fits right in despite going back to the Enchanted Forest. Will they remember who they are and what happened? There are so many ways that the show will turn monotonous so the creators should be very careful what things they introduce in the new episodes to follow, especially if they will make Regina go back in her old evil ways again.

Does anyone else thought that Regina was going to die as well in the end? If they did kill both Rumpelstiltskin and Regina in a single episode, it would probably make a lot of Evil Regals and RumBelles livid.

With Hook with Emma now, and Neal stuck in the Enchanted Forest, can he win Emma’s heart this time?

Now that they are back in the Enchanted Forest, can Regina and Robin Hood finally meet and fall in love?

This Winter Finale can go either way. Just like Lost, the story telling dynamic can change in a way we didn’t expect; one that would stir questions and interests.

Remember, these are just our initial reactions regarding tonight’s episode so please bear with us if we’re a bit all over the place. If you have your own thoughts, feedbacks, or theories regarding tonight’s episode, however, send them over to us and join our full discussion this Wednesday!

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  • Shandelle

    Am I the only one who was disappointed that “the heart of the thing I love most” for Pan was Felix? I was hoping that because Pan is so selfish he would have to kill himself/die in order to cast the curse successfully. Which would have played beautifully into Rumple stabbing Pan with the Dark One dagger. I was hoping that THAT was how the prophecy “the boy would be your undoing” would be fulfilled. That Rumple would have to kill Pan in order to defeat him but that also simultaneously fulfilled Pan’s curse requirement.. I don’t know. I just think it would have been a little more interesting than Pan taking Felix’s heart and saying it had to do with him loving Felix’s loyalty, support and adulation of him. I guess they needed a way to kill off Felix, being a minor character, but I thought it was kind of lame. They also never explained why Felix could not appear to hear Pan’s music from his pied piper instrument. I thought we were told we’d find out why. Unless they’re trying to suggest that Felix felt “loved” by Pan or vice versa?

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      Pan certainly couldn’t take his own heart at that time because Regina had enchanted it so no one could take it.

      • Shandelle

        That is very true given that Pan was in Henry’s body. But I think it might have been a little more interesting if his own heart was required to successfully cast a curse. I guess it’s a moot point now.. my initial comment was just about being a little let down with how they handled it and postulating how it could have been done a little better. Oh well.. we have the back half of season 3 to look forward to now!

    • Guest2

      I too was a bit disappointed but I can understand the reasoning. Also, if Rumplestiltskin doesn’t get to come back, I think the writers have some explaining to do considering they let Maleficent come back, he talked in the present tense before dying, there was an article where they claimed he’d still want something for healing David, and in my opinion, his actions were selfless, brave, and true. Otherwise, I think the least they can do is have all of the witnesses make sure his sacrifice wasn’t in vain because I don’t think putting all the responsibility on Regina was fair. On the other hand, I can see how that could be considered too much and come across as very forced. Either way, at least he left a touching impression.

      • Guest2

        Oops, I heard wrong, he says “made me stronger,” not “make me stronger.”

  • Guest

    I don’t think Pan would have killed himself you said it yourself he was selfish he could only take from others in order to live forever so I think he would have never killed himself for anything beside he wanted to live forever so killing himself would have defeated the purpose

    • Shandelle

      Very true. But maybe the fact that he was so selfish and only loved himself could have meant he was incapable of casting a curse at all? How interesting would it have been if Pan ended up being dependent on Rumple or someone else to move forward with his evil plans?? I just did not buy the reasoning of using Felix besides a cop op for the writers and necessity to get rid of the character, as the Neverland arc needed to be finished.

  • Guest2

    Are we to assume that the only reason Rumplestiltskin kept his powers until this episode was that a part of him was unwilling to give them up despite being with Belle and having true love’s kiss? Also, was anyone else confused about why Malcolm’s death depended upon Rumplestiltskin dying too?

    • MirrorShadow54

      The seer said that a boy will be The Dark One’s undoing. Pan is a boy. Therefore, by defeating Pan, Rumpelstiltskin has to sacrifice himself. It’s kind of like Harry Potter and Voldemort (but not quite) – neither can live while the other survives. At least that’s how I understand the situation.

    • Lara

      Yes Yes Yes, I never understood that. They brought it up at the beginning of the season, but I didn’t get it.

  • Jacquelyn

    I’m slightly peeved with the number of unanswered questions. This episode was full of emotions but once I stopped crying I realized how much they didn’t answer from the previous season going into the Neverland arc! How did PP know about the heart of the truest believer? How did he get a scroll with Henry’s picture on it? And from this season alone: why does PP trust Tink (you realize we were in Neverland and we never had one Tink and PP interaction?); what “dirty work” was Hook doing for PP? What happened to all the Lost Boys when the Curse hit? Did the children really cry at night or was that just a mind game for Emma? Is PP’s shadow THE shadow (that Manson voiced?); Why couldn’t Felix hear the music?

  • melissa

    Neil is the new Desmond 😀 loved that, also from the series of flashbacks from different characters i got that LA X feeling

  • Judy Ramler

    I love the show , writers are excellent, it was a very emotional , alot of crying at my house, I did think Regina was dead also , I dont try and guess what’s going to happen , I leave it again up to the writers to surprise me , only comment I wanted to make was I don’t know who or why Hook was sent back to Emma, only conclusion I made was that he or whoever sent him back thought that True Loves Kiss would jog her memory .

  • Sidney H.

    I would have loved the season a lot more if Rumple didn’t die. He was my FAVORITE character!! He was the only reason I watched the show!! He was the most interesting of them all and had a special place in my heart. I love Rumple!!! Please please please bring him back!!!!!

    • http://DanielJLewis.net/about Daniel J. Lewis

      We’ll, we still don’t know for sure what happened with him.